Pete Bouchard

Narrowing The Track

Posted by Pete Bouchard

Sandy may have played her hand with intensity (peaking at 110mph very early this morning), but as the days unfold, we'll find she has just begun her rampage.

The latest track (as of 5pm) has her paralleling the Eastern Seaboard, seemingly looking for a place to strike. Two jetstreams are steering her, one that is acclerating her out of the tropics, and another that will hook her into what appears to be Southern NJ by Tuesday afternoon.

That said, our weather will be going downhill by Sunday and esp. into Monday. That's because the wind field - and attendant rain/squalls - will expand out from the center of Sandy as she moves north. It's important to note that the center, although tracking west, could still wobble closer to New England in later forecasts. This is hardly the last word on Sandy's track.

Lots of concerns about property damage, flooding (ocean and fresh water), and power outages. Not that I'm wishing ill-will on anyone, but with a track closer to Southern New Jersey, we're faring better in all departments. Nonetheless, with Sandy's expanding wind field, we're not coming away unscathed. The sheer fetch of wind over water will build seas and send waves crashing along seawalls. Beach erosion may be significant and coastal flooding could even be considered moderate with the current track.

It goes without saying that if the track edges closer to New England, we will elevate the risk all around. And it will jeopardize Halloween too: for a track closer to New England seems to favor a stalling storm too. As it stands now, Sandy will push into New Jersey and slowly decay over Western PA.

Plenty of updates, concerns, and fine tuning in the days ahead.

Stay with 7News.

Pete

Chris Lambert

50/50 Weekend

Posted by Chris Lambert

We're off to an iffy start to the weekend as nuisance rain and wet snow moves across the area.  While it's not a well organized area of low pressure, it develops right near us midday, and that'll be enough for a tricky forecast.  Light to moderate  rain/snow is on and off early this morning with a heavier burst of precipitation possible late morning, through mid afternoon in eastern MA (11:00AM-3:00PM).

Posted 01/18/14, 6:54am
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Pete Bouchard

Final Days

Posted by Pete Bouchard

That's the way to get it done! Fine finish to the workweek as sun dominated and winds behaved.

I submit that is the one - and perhaps only - reason these days have felt springlike in this extended thaw. If the winds were gusty on a day like today, the sun (albeit a little stronger these days) is really no help.

Posted 01/17/14, 5:06pm
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Jeremy Reiner

Great Mid-Winter Weather

Posted by Jeremy Reiner

Nice mid-winter weather? Here's how I envision it:

*Sunshine

*Mild temps (40 or higher)

*Little to no wind

That last bullet point (IMO) is probably the biggest when outside this time of year. After our morning fog lifts out of here all three of those criteria will be met this afternoon AND.....it's Friday. #Winning.

Posted 01/17/14, 7:04am
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Pete Bouchard

Colder Temperatures Cometh

Posted by Pete Bouchard

As far as blah days go, this was the blahest.

Fog blanketed the area as winds remained light and variable. We're still looking at some fog, but the thickest part of it should only be during the first half of the night. After that, gentle winds should "mix out" some of the heavily fogged in areas.

Posted 01/16/14, 5:24pm
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